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What Brings God Joy?
Theme of the Week: Bring Joy to the Heart of God
Sunday, June 29, 2014

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Who Said It … Rob Strong

Rob Strong is lead pastor of Grace Community Church, a congregation located just north of Boston. He holds a master's in theology from Wheaton College Graduate School and is the author of The Big Guy Upstairs—the book from which this week's readings are adapted. Rob loves to spend time at the beach with his family and he also enjoys golf, snowboarding, waterskiing, and watching Bruins hockey and Patriots football. He and his wife, Susan, have four children.

What he Said … What Brings God Joy?

When my wife surprises me with "taco night" at our house, that makes me happy. When I find a few spare dollars in my pocket or time to sit for my favorite movie, that also makes me happy. But joy is different. Joy is deeper than happiness and rises from within the soul rather than from circumstance. It redefines a situation, makes it more meaningful, and you feel it in your bones.

When one of my children climbs on my lap and wants to be held, I experience joy. Or when I have a thoughtful conversation with someone who is considering a more meaningful understanding of God, that brings me joy. Or when I can spend time with Susan at our favorite restaurant, alone, just connecting. Yes, that brings me incredible joy.

Now consider God. What could he possibly want or need that would cause him to pause, take notice, and then smile? What would provoke joy in the Creator's heart and make him want to shout throughout the heavens?

Key Study Passage: Ephesians 5:1-20

Excerpted from the book The Big Guys Upstairs: You, Him, and How It All Works by Rob Strong. Copyright © 2013 by Rob Strong. Reprinted by permission of Jericho Books. All rights reserved.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, help me to carefully consider how I live my life before a watching world. Most of all, may the way I relate to family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers bring joy to your heart.

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ANTHONY Swaggerty

June 30, 2014  5:12am

That is beautiful. It is in our power to do these things, and our energy will be forever full. It is the amazing amount of joy that comes from things like this that make you want more. Enable my focus to share with family, friends, colleagues and my neighbors... Thanks for the words of inspiration. Anthony

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Curt Schleicher

June 29, 2014  7:48am

i can be kind and loving to my family during the day. Voluntarily providing them with unexpected service. i can be available to assist others on a moments notice. i will go about my day seeking righteousness in all i do. in sum , i can die to self and live for Him. in Jesus name i pray , amen.

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